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What To Do Upon Arrival

Pick up your student ID: If applicable, pick up your student ID at the Panther Card Office located on the second floor of the Student Services Building. A driver’s license, state ID, passport or military ID is required. For more information call 217-581-6596.

Pick up textbooks:
 Textbooks can be picked up at the Textbook Rental Service Building. Check your Calendar/Handbook for extended operating hours. For more information go to Textbooks or call 217-581-3626.


Apply for an On-campus job:
 Apply here to see if positions are available within Panther Dining.


Connect your computer to the University network:
 Your computer must meet the minimum required specifications available. Your username and password are available My EIU

  • Wireless: Double click on the WiFi icon on the bottom left corner of your desktop (top right corner for MAC). Choose “eiuwifi” as your local default access point. Not available in University Court or University Apartments.

  • Ethernet: Plug one end of a Category-6 Cable (CAT-6) into the orange (or red) data port in the 4” X 4” box on the wall of your residence and the other into the Ethernet port on your computer.

  • CAT-6 Cables should be 10’ in length at a minimum. Cables can be purchased at the University Court Office and Greek Court or residence hall front desks. Residents of University Apartments are asked to purchase cables at the Lawson Hall front desk. For more information call 581-HELP (4357). ResNet Technicians will be on hand to provide assistance as needed.  For more information go to ResNet.

Pick up your student ID: If applicable, pick up your student ID at the Panther Card Office located on the second floor of the Student Services Building. A driver’s license, state ID, passport or military ID is required. For more information call 217-581-6596.

Purchase a parking pass and Register your bicycle:Register your bike, and purchase an underclassman (less than 60 credit hours earned) parking pass, or an upperclassman (21 years of age or over 60 credit hours earned) parking pass on-line at PAWS. Have the pass mailed to your permanent address, or pick it up at the University Police Department located across the street from the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. Call 217-581-5416 for more information.

Sign up for Alert EIU: Students are encouraged to sign up for Alert EIU, a text messaging system that notifies subscribers via their cell phones at emergency situations that require immediate action such as possible threats on EIU’s main campus. For more information, including how to sign-up for this service go on-line to EIU Alert